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  • Summary

  • On the occasion of the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, respected royal broadcaster Jennie Bond explores the life of the longest reigning British monarch.

    Born a minor royal, Elizabeth is now the most recognisable woman in the world. Admired by many, she has reigned through a period of unprecedented change, keeping the monarchy strong and consistent despite the end of empire, public scandals and private loss.

    This newly written history uses actors and eyewitness observation to bring to life the story of this most remarkable woman.

    When you add Elizabeth II: Life of a Monarch to your library you will receive all 8 episodes, each with a runtime of approximately 30 minutes.

    ©2016 Audible, Ltd. (P)2016 Audible, Ltd.
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Episodes
  • Ep. 1: A Sheltered Childhood

    Oct 25 2017

    Elizabeth is born. Tales of early childhood. The King dies, and the Wallis Simpson crisis ensues. King George VI is crowned.

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    30 mins
  • Ep. 2: From Princess to Queen

    Oct 25 2017

    July 1939: Elizabeth meets Philip, her future husband. The War Years. The Royal wedding. Charles is born.

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    32 mins
  • Ep. 3: Coronation and Commonwealth

    Oct 25 2017

    Elizabeth is crowned. Elizabeth and Philip embark on a huge tour of the Commonwealth.

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    26 mins

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Surprisingly good

As an Irishman born in Belfast I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this. It gave me a new perspective on the Royal family, especially the Queen.

Well worth a listen.

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Informative

A great production which revealed a lot about Queen Elizabeth and the Royal Family than I knew before. Highly recommend it.

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Way better than I'd expected!

I'm not normally into Non-Fiction or biographies of any form (books or shows) but this was surprisingly interesting to listen to.

I'm only a few chapters in but I'm suddenly wondering why I disliked History so much at school! The shows go through the decades - from the 1920 - and tell you the story of how the Royals have been giving to the country throughout.

As the narrator put it, the Monarchy have to do the impossible by "appearing grander than then people, servants of the people and of the people, all at the same time".

Plus it was free so why wouldn't you at least give it a go!

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Excellent documentary..

An excellent documentary, and considering it was free, even better. I say this as someone with only a passing interest in the monarchy.

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Succinct, clear

A simply marvellous narration that gives the listener some interesting glimpses into the modern British monarchy

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history in the making

excellent, Jennie Bond doing what she does best as the narrator. could not stop listening

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Quite Interesting

If ever anything was written with an agenda, this is it. It's quite interesting, although takes a different view from some insights into the Royal Family I've heard/seen, but it is hardly a dispassionate, objective account of the Queen's reign and family.

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Fab!

I decided to download this book as it was free and to be honest I am surprised it is free. It is a great audio with a lot of detail on the Queen and Royal Family. Very interesting facts!

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easy listening

Interesting, easy to listen to. In small chapters so I was able to listen when I had time.

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A bit out of date now it b us 2021 but enjoyable.

Enjoyable listen with good length episodes. Learned a lot and would recommend. Narration was excellent and pace very good.

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  • 26-02-19

Surprised me how much I enjoyed it!

I have to admit, I only picked this up because it was free on Audible and I was mildly curious. I didn't expect to really be super interested. But this is very well written, produced, and narrated. I found myself swept along in the life of an amazing and all she's experienced and had to weather. Well worth a listen if you have interest in British history and even if you don't.

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  • 09-09-21

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Good readers, and story. Background sound effects too loud and distracting, i.e. push button phone, ringing etc.

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  • 25-01-21

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  • Sunayna
  • 10-12-18

Awesome

Very interesting audio show! I would highly recommended it to anyone interested in this subject. I have only listened to two episodes so far, and I’m already loving it